Eastern Illinois vs. Morehead State - 2/8/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Eastern Illinois vs. Morehead State - 2/8/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Morehead State Eagles (12-12) at Eastern Illinois Panthers (11-11)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 4:15 pm (Lantz Arena)

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The Morehead State Eagles will travel to Lantz Arena to take on the Eastern Illinois Panthers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Morehead State Eagles won their 3rd straight game and improved to 12-12 (6-5 OVC) on the season after defeating the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars, 58-49, this past Thursday night. Both the Eagles and Cougars struggled offensively in the 1st half as Morehead State went into halftime with a 16-15 lead, however, the Eagles were able to find their shot in the 2nd half and pulled away from SIU-Edwardsville for the victory. Morehead State shot 40.7% from the field while holding SIU-Edwardsville to just 30.4% shooting from the field and 5.9% shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Eagles was Justin Thomas who had 11 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block, and 2 steals.

On the season, Morehead State is averaging 70.0 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Eagles are averaging 5.9 three-pointers per game on 30.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Morehead State has been led by Jordan Walker (13.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.3 spg), Djimon Henson (10.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.2 apg), and Justin Thomas (8.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.6 apg, 2.2 spg).

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Defensively, Morehead State is allowing their opponents to average 68.4 ppg on 41.2% shooting from the field. The Eagles have a rebound margin of 0.4 and a turnover margin of 0.7.

The Eastern Illinois Panthers lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 11-12 (4-7 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, 91-84, this past Thursday night. Eastern Illinois struggled defensively agianst the Colonels and couldn’t fight back after a 17-6 Eastern Kentucky run gave the Colonels an 80-67 lead with just 1:39 left in regulation. Eastern Illinois allowed Eastern Kentucky to shoot 50.0% from the field and 47.1% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Panthers was Josiah Wallace who had 25 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.

On the season, Eastern Illinois is averaging 75.3 ppg on 46.0% shooting from the field. The Panthers are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 35.2% shooting from the field. Offensively, Eastern Illinois has been led by Josiah Wallace (13.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.3 apg), Mack Smith (12.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.0 spg), and George Dixon (12.0 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.4 spg).

Defensively, Eastern Illinois is allowing their opponents to average 69.3 ppg on 41.9% shooting from the field. The Panthers have a rebound margin of 2.0 and a turnover margin of 2.3.

The Eagles are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Panthers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss.

Morehead State comes into this game led by their defense that ranks 149th in scoring defense, 101st in defensive FG%, and 37th in blocks per game.

Eastern Illinois has lost 8 of their last 12 games and currently rank 77th in scoring offense, 61st in FG%, and 183rd in scoring defense.

Eastern Illinois has been a tough team to get a read on as the Panthers seem to play to the level of their competition as although they were competitive recently in tough road games at Murray State & Austin Peay, this is the same Panthers team that barley picked up wins at home agianst Jacksonville State & SE Missouri St which have a combined 5-17 record in OVC play. Morehead State has struggled on the road this season, posting just a 2-10 record, however, between the fact that I think their defense will have some success against Eastern Illinois and that Morehead State has been playing well lately, I’m going to take Morehead State and the points. Good Luck!

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